Forum seeks public input on new strategic plan for Northern Kentucky

For immediate release…
Friday – March 7, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky Forum will host a free public presentation and discussion on Wednesday, March 12, about myNKY, the new initiative to help fashion a regional strategic plan that will succeed Vision 2015 next year. The Forum will be from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium.

The myNKY process is designed to draw in many voices from the community so that everyone living and working in Northern Kentucky can contribute to the resulting plan. The Forum highlighting myNKY is designed to explain this process more thoroughly and to get more voices included.

“For Northern Kentucky to be successful, we must all work toward a common vision,” said Kara Williams, vice president of Vision 2015. “We want community members to join us in developing the future direction for Northern Kentucky.”

The new planning campaign – myNKY: Focus on Tomorrow. Act Today seeks public feedback, ideas, and priorities to build the next plan that will guide Northern Kentucky through to 2020 in key strategic areas. Sharmili Reddy, the president of the Forum board, and Geoffrey Mearns, president of NKU, are co-chairing the myNKY visioning process.

At the Forum, audience members will have the opportunity to “invest” strategically in five important areas: health, jobs, transportation, education, and housing. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the history of strategic planning in Northern Kentucky with a discussion led by Vision 2015 President Bill Scheyer.

“The Northern Kentucky Forum has a strong history of bringing together community members of all backgrounds from across the entire region to discuss, debate, and evaluate ideas important to our community and we believe that there is no current topic more important than crafting Northern Kentucky’s future,” Williams said.

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a nonpartisan, education-oriented effort to bring public affairs dialogue to our region. It is a joint project of NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision 2015, and Legacy. For additional information on the Northern Kentucky Forum, visit For more information about Vision 2015, visit

The March 12 event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the Kenton Garage. RSVP is requested to – include “myNKY” in the subject line.

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